Whether you are a fair-weather, once-in-a-blue-moon hiker or a die-hard, long-distance hiker, heading out on the trails is a wonderful way to experience the Ridgway area. The San Juan and Cimarron Wilderness Areas, Uncompahgre National Forest and abundant public lands offer not only hundreds of miles of trails, thanks to the Utes, explorers, surveyors and miners, but also the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.
Dirt trails, gravel roads and paved paths provide walking, hiking and running opportunities for all ages and experience levels, ranging from easy and short to longer and more challenging terrain. Plus, many of our trailheads are within easy walking distance of our downtowns. Whichever route you decide to follow, each is sure to provide postcard-perfect backdrops and awe-inspiring views.
From day trips to overnight backpacking there are many choices. Many of the lower elevation trails are accessible on foot year-round. Warmer, sturdy footwear and layering of clothes is the key to enjoying uncrowded trails from October to April.
Looking for trip support like gear carrying or navigational help? Let our local outfitters help you create the perfect self-guided or expert guided adventure into the backcountry.
Distance: 6.4 miles
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Elevation: 12,152 feet
Extraordinary Views of Wildflowers, Lakes, Streams, and San Juan Peaks
Distance: 5.8 to 9.3 miles
Duration: 4 to 8 hours
Elevation: 10,750 to 12,522 feet
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Unique Feature: Horseback riding allowed
Extraordinary Views of Wetterhorn Peak (14,015 ft.) and Coxcomb Peak (13,656 ft.) as well as Cow Creek
Distance: 1,000 feet to 1.5 miles
Duration: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Elevation: 6,850 feet
Extraordinary Views of Wildlife, Cimarrons, and the Uncompahgre River
The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19, and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).
P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432